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A Scottish Island for Sale !
| KODA, tofubiogas & Tanera Mòr |
The Kalisari pilot project on island Java Indonesia
Indonesia has thousands of tofu producers, and producing tofu is not quite as harmless when it comes to environmental questions about wastewater. This issue has been solved in the village of Kalisari, on the Indonesian island Java. The village runs now on an alternative source of cheap, renewable energy: the soybean.
The village’s around 150 small tofu businesses used to throw out water they used in making tofu out of soybeans. This liquid contaminated local water supplies and the rice fields. Now this wastewater is converted into a clean-burning biogas instead of polluting the environment.
Harnessing power from unconventional sources holds enormous potential. Now the local government on Java builds bigger digester tanks to produce more biogas.
A Scottish Island for Sale
A tiny island off the north west coast of Scotland called Tanera Mòr was a Viking port, and it has been occupied since the Viking times. In the 1930s, radical young scientist and writer Frank Fraser Darling transformed large parts of moor into fertile land using manure and shell sand. Over the last 15 years more than 164,000 native trees have been planted in a successful effort to give protection to the land.
Current owners, the Wilder family, bought the island in 1996 after selling their dairy farm in Wiltshire. The island is currently run by Mr Wilder's daughter Lizzie and her husband Richard Williams.
" After many happy years of calling Tanera home, it is time for someone else to have the privilege of looking after this amazing place. We hope that whoever owns the island in the future will enjoy the same warm and co-operative relationship with the community that we have for the past 17 years ", said Lizzie Williams.
Now Tanera Mòr is a self-sufficient island with its own 24-hour electricity, sourced from wind turbines and generators, freshwater treatment, communication line, broadband, and the 10 traditional stone structures : the main building – the Old School House – and nine cottages, which have all been restored. Island has on-going support and commitment from the local Coigach community living on the mainland.
The 323.7 ha Tanera Mòr is the only inhabited island of the Summer Isles, currently inhabited by the owner couple The Wilders plus thriving tourist enterprise. It is the main island of these Summer Isles, an idyllic archipelago a mile and a half off the northwest coast of Scotland near Ullapool. With seven miles of rugged cliffs, sheltered cove